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Chronology of inter-Korean talks on Kaesong industrial park

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SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronology of event leading up to the sixth round of talks aimed at normalizing the Kaesong industrial park that effectively broke down on July 25 over differences on setting safeguards.

April 3: The North bars South Korean personnel and production materials from going into the Kaesong Industrial Complex, citing provocations against its supreme leadership, and joint South Korea-U.S. military drills.

April 8: North Korea declares its workers will be pulled out from Kaesong complex.

April 9: All 53,000 North Korean laborers fail to report to work at Kaesong, causing all operations at the complex located just north of the demilitarized zone to come to a halt.

April 11: The South Korean president and unification minister propose talks with the North to resolve outstanding issues. North Korea rejects the proposal.

April 25: South Korea proposes working-level talks to resolve the Kaesong issue after North Korea rejects a request to visit Kaesong by businessmen that have factories in the border town.

April 26: North Korea rejects working-level talks proposal. Seoul orders pullout of all personnel from Kaesong.

May 3: The last seven South Koreans leave Kaesong.

May 23: North proposes talks to jointly mark the 13th anniversary of the June 15, 2000 inter-Korean summit declaration.

May 27: Seoul prohibits civilian participation in June 15 ceremony.

June 6: South Korean President Park Geun-hye calls on North to accept trust-building process. North Korea calls for comprehensive government-level discussions to resolve the issues of Kaesong and Mount Kumgang.

June 9-10: Delegates from the two Koreas meet to arrange senior-level talks on all outstanding issues facing inter-Korean relations. Agreement is reached to meet in Seoul on June 12-13 after marathon negotiations.

June 11: Plans to hold senior-level talks fall through after both Koreas disagree on the rank of chief negotiators.

July 3: North Korea allows South Korean entrepreneurs to visit Kaesong complex.

July 4: Seoul proposes working-level talks to normalize Kaesong complex. Two Koreas agree on working-level talks to discuss the issue.

July 6-7: Koreas agree in principle to reopen Kaesong factory park following talks at Panmunjom. Both sides agree on "constructive development" of the complex.

July 10: Two Koreas hold second round of talks to normalize the industrial complex. North Korea proposes separate talks for Mount Kumgang tours and separated family reunions. Seoul only accepts talks on reuniting separated families.

July 11: North Korea says it will hold off its proposal for talks on family reunions and Mount Kumgang.

July 10: Koreas hold third meeting in Kaesong, but fail to make headway on reopening the park.

July 17: South and North Korea stick to their guns on how best to proceed with normalization of Kaesong.

July 22: Koreas report some progress being made on "internalization" of complex, but fail to make headway on key issues.

July 25: Talks effectively break down after no agreement is reached on safeguards. Seoul warns it could take grave action on the future of Kaesong unless Pyongyang shows it is sincere on providing assurances it will not unilaterally close down complex.

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